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that they have shut off gas to the building after a gas leak was reported shortly after 4:00, 5:00 this evening. again, they are starting to find the source of that leak at this point along seventh avenue. now, the building itself sits on the corner of west 37th and seventh avenue. there were -- there are 23 floors to the building so rather sizable building and hundreds of workers were then evacuated from this building and another building as i she, shortly before 5:00 after what some people tell me was a very strong smell gas. in the building. here is what he was telling me the evacuation. >> it was strong because when we were all downstairs in the basement, my chest started acting up, my asthma was about -- i thought i was about to catch an asthma attack. >> reporter: again, he said the evacuation was orderly, people got out very quickly. most of them didn't even stick around because when we got here, most of them, because it
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the work scene and everything. but as of right now, what you're seeing here is con ed focusing on this portion of the street on west 37th just on the where hopefully they are leak. reporting live on seventh avenue on 37th street, tim news. >> tim, thank you. turning now to that major development tonight in the case against five teenagers accused of raping a young woman in a park in brooklyn. >> all but one of the teenagers tonight free without bond because prosecutors now admitting they need more time to investigate. >> eyewitness news reporter kemberly richardson is in east new york tonight with the very latest developments. kem. >> reporter: well, liz, prosecutors were up against a critical deadline. they had until tomorrow to secure indictments against all five suspects but late today officials acknowledge that simply was not going to happen, that they need more time to gather evidence. and so one suspect, 17-year-old travis beckford, who lives here
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getting a refund, three other suspects are also now out of jail but they are not out of the woods. >> going through several variations. i think you're all familiar with my admonition when we begin these things preliminary, nevertheless -- >> reporter: today investigators went back to the victim's home to speak with the 18-year-old woman and her father in a case that is far from simple, one that centers around what did and did not happen in this brownsville park one week ago today. officials charged five young men with, among other things, raping the victim. the men faced a judge and were jailed. but a significant development, brooklyn district attorney ken thompson saying his office needs more time to investigate this case, gather more evidence. because of that, three suspects are now been released from jail. a fourth who was able to make bail will get a refund. dna and video analysis just some of the elements involved here.
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drinking with her father in osborne park just after 9:00 last thursday evening. that the suspects approached and zeroed in on her father. sunday i spoke with the pair. >> put a gun in my face, telling me to run and all of them had their way with her. >> reporter: one by one raped the young woman who told me she screamed for help but no one stopped. police did release this surveillance video, a turning point. soon after the suspects ranging in age from 14 to 17, were behind bars. did you recognize these guys? >> no, no. >> reporter: when your dad left you, what were you thinking? >> i was just real scared. i didn't know what to do. i was in a panic mode. >> reporter: tonight the district attorney says he's determined to get to the truth about what happened in that
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now, looking ahead, prosecutors will use the next 180 days to try and build a case that may or may not lead to an indictment. as for that fifth suspect, he remains behind bars tonight because he violated terms of a prior arrest. for now we are live in east new york, kemberly richardson, channel 7 eyewitness news. >> kemberly, thank you. they were on a winter break and doing things that mattered, good things, good deeds for other people. 30 students and volunteers from columbia university, they were in central america over winter break but on their way to the airport to come home yesterday, their bus flipped over. three of them died, many were hurt. their family and friends tonight in shock and in eyewitness news reporter stacey sager with the story. she is at columbia university for us. stacey. >> reporter: well, bill, one was from rockland county, one was from manhattan and one was from cincinnati, but all of them had high hopes. they all wanted to help people, they all wanted to heal people
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lost three of their own. >> very good person, we loved her very much. >> reporter: all of them loved for who they were and how they went about their lives. these three students from columbia university killed in a bus crash yesterday here in honduras where they ironically had gone to help save lives. lisa schacher was best friends with 45-year-old student and nurse practitioner abigail flanagan, studying at columbia university with the hopes of becoming a doctor one day. in the meantime, it was all about community service. >> that defines abbie, that trip. abbie was always a very caring person, a giving person. >> reporter: so was the junior daniela moffson who grew up on manhattan's upper east side which is where her funeral will take place tomorrow. sophomore olivia erhardt grew up in cincinnati but all of those killed had plenty in
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they wanted to help heal people. >> we need to remember all lives that are lost too soon for whatever reason. i think probably something olivia would say. >> reporter: at columbia, vigils already being planned before the students returned from their winter breaks. 25 others had joined these three on the trip through a nonprofit group called global brigades, and others were injured. student hanna bender of scarsdale among those still in critical condition. meanwhile, abigail flanagan's 19-year-old son patrick, lucky enough to walk away with scrapes and bruises, friends say, you can see him here in white at the accident scene moments before he lost his mother. >> it's still very hard to comprehend that she is not here. it's still a shock to all of us. >> and students here at columbia are just returning from their winter breaks now
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telling us a private vigil is taking place this evening. a more schoolwide vigil will take place tuesday of next week and as we mentioned in the story, the first of the funerals begins tomorrow morning for daniella moffson at congregation on the upper east side at 10:00 tomorrow morning. live outside columbia university, i'm stacey sager, channel 7 eyewitness news. >> incredibly sad. thank you, stacey. mayor de blasio today criticized governor cuomo's plans to get hundreds of millions of dollars in education and medical funding to new york city. the governor unveiled those cuts during his state of the state address yesterday. this is just the latest public battle between the two most powerful democrats in new york. political reporter dave is in the newsroom tonight with much more. david. >> my simple statement today is we will fight these cuts. >> reporter: the mayor today never blasted the governor by name but he did rip his budget, unveiled yesterday in albany. >> two items in the budget that are not fair to new york city
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york city that will set us back. >> reporter: those two things are a $485 million cut to city university and between 180 and 300 million to medicaid reimbursements. the mayor and governor have bickered plenty in the last few months. de blasio today though actually praised cuomo for things like a 4% boost to schools. but on those cuts he was angry. >> i thank him for the good elements and i will fight for the cuts unfair to this city. i don't take things personally, i have a job to do. >> reporter: he questioned why is the city complaining? he spoke of more money for schools, a big boost to the mta which affects mostly the city and yesterday he earmarked 20 billion to help the poor and homeless to find better housing. >> $20 billion for helping the homeless which is a real priority for the mayor and for me and for every new yorker for
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so it's very, very strong in terms of program and dollars for new york city. >> reporter: still sources say the mayor is plenty ticked and state cuts could drastically affect his own city budget coming next week. >> when i turn around in today's day and age and say to washington and albany, we are in trouble now, the calvary is not coming. let's be very clear. it's just not. maybe in 1975 but not anymore. >> reporter: and the mayor today said if governor cuomo's budget stands as is then he will be forced to make drastic cuts in city services. state lawmakers on the budget liz and bill. >> dave, thank you. speaking of money, how did for you? nearly 1.6 billion in the jackpot and about a billion people trying to win it. in the end just three people had the winning numbers. chino hills in southern california, melbourne beach, florida, and munford in tennessee. but there were other winners
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but enough to get them at least $1 million in the tri-state, three in connecticut, two in new jersey, five in new york. in new york city, queens home to three new millionaires, ticket worth $1 million sold in long island city, ridgewood and richmond hill. one of the stores aptly called lucky charm. 76 educators in clifton will split a $55,000 prize as well. >> anything that happens in your life gives a brightness to the last day. i love work, but, you know, it's nice that -- it makes us feel like more of a family, we can share this moment together. >> happier, i suspect if they won the 1.6 billion and they will each get about $650 and the biggest prize in the tri- state area, $2 million comes from a ticket sold in burlington county. >> uh-huh. as we continue with eyewitness news at 6:00 on this thursday night, he's a man on a mission to find a new york cop who went above and beyond the call of duty rescuing a man who went to the wrong place for a
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and the giants make it official, their choice for a new head coach but a surprised turn of events for their former head coach, tom coughlin. rob powers explains coming up in sports. and temperatures are headed in the right direction, above freezing now. we continue to warm, warm enough for a rainstorm to start the weekend, maybe snow to end it and there's in new york state, we believe tomorrow starts today. all across the state the economy is growing,
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ur new at 6:00, we do a lot of stories about police looking for someone. tonight a story about someone looking for the police. >> a man from the broncos now -- bronx desperately looking for the cop who helped him the most. >> darla miles helping in the search tweeting this out tonight and she reported the story. >> ain't no cop doing nothing nice for james robins. the cops chased me for 11 years when i was doing bad. >> a ride in a front seat of a police cruiser, that was a first for james roberts. >> i love this guy wherever he's at. i love this guy. i have to see him. >> the 58-year-old ex-con wants to break bread with the nypd officer who gave him a lift to a job interview last month and helping him end a 10-year unemployment drought since he was released from prison. do you have any idea of what his name might be? >> i say andrew was his last name.
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and a d in it. >> reporter: he was excited about a shot at an airport job that he thought his interview was laguardia but it wasn't. >> i get off the bus and walk to the corner and i'm like, where can i find this place. >> reporter: robert used the free round-trip bus pass he was given by his social worker and took the m60 to grand central parkway but was a few miles away in fresh meadows. >> he said you're not going to walk there and make it there. it was like 12:00 something and he said get in the car. >> he got the job working for airport rental companies but now the agency that helped him get that job is now helping his find this mystery officer. >> i want the public to know this is the kind of good people that work for the city of new york. >> reporter: at laguardia airport, darla miles, channel 7 eyewitness news. >> come on, get in the car. >> if that police officer is watching this, we will put you on television tonight if you
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call. great story. >> great story, yep. straight ahead, some other great stories by lee goldberg, yes, temperatures are going up. that's good. here's the bad news. we have more rain headed our way. are you happy with your bathroom? i wasn't. but for years, i didn't do anything about it. i thought i didn't have the money, until i learned about bath fitter. bath fitter puts a new bathtub right over your old one. isn't that amazing? bath fitter will measure and make you a new custom bathtub
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>> yeah. >> a little bit? >> a nice finish to the week actually. keeping near 50 the next two days. the problem is you have a lot outside tonight, it's still a little chilly, the wind is back up, beautiful sunset. shiny dot to come out. there's the sunrise right there. isn't that pretty. a little diamond in the rough and good night. a lot of clouds around lower manhattan looking pretty as well, our temperature at 6:00 is at 37, wind gone light after gusting near 20 a couple hours ago and 37 the high number on the day which is pretty close to average. there are your records. numbers along island, 35 brookhaven, 39 hempstead, hop across the sound and it's 32 in
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icy spots in the northern suburbs after the coating snow earlier in the day, 27 in monticello, these numbers for the most part are going to hold steady, the wind chill is pretty close to the actual temperature, now that the winds have backed off, clouds around, we will try to thin out at times overnight, partial sunshine tomorrow morning, then a lot of high clouds fading the sunshine during the day but get in the mid and upper 40s during the afternoon, should feel comfortable. there are some of the clouds, they are already thinning out to the west. part of a warm front to our north. that's why you see the snow showers upstate. that warm front is connected to an area of low pressure over the plains but a second low over the gulf. the two don't really team up but there's enough moisture pulled in from the atlantic with this one that we get a good soaking tomorrow night into saturday morning. 2400 miles out in the atlantic, can you see it? that is hurricane alex. the first hurricane to form in january since 1938, alice was in the atlantic in 1955. winds of 85 miles an hour, there's the azores, goes over the islands during the day
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greenland over the weekend with winds of 70 miles an hour. closer to home, patchy clouds, 7:00 a.m., otherwise partial sunshine, it's still chilly off to the north and west, mid and upper 30s new york city and the coast, during the day clouds are increasing but we are dry and we are also warming into the upper 40s, should be pretty nice. have your umbrellas tomorrow night, anytime from 10:00 to midnight, rain starting to move in. heaviest overnight into saturday morning and also heaviest from the city south and east where we could push an inch of rainfall, north and west maybe quarter inch to 1/2". also icy spots and maybe light accumulation in the catskills. saturday afternoon could be quite nice especially if we brighten up, 50 in reach. 34 tonight, partly cloudy. tomorrow finish the day on a cloudy note and then rain comes in late tomorrow evening, maybe slippery spots off to the north. you've got 50 degrees on saturday afternoon, now on sunday what we are watching is a couple of storms, this is the one that i think will stay offshore, leaving us with this weaker system that could give us at least a coating across the area as we go into sunday
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look at the air behind the snow threat on monday morning, in the 20s, and teens at night. it's going to be frigid early next week. we will have an update on the rain and snow threat at 11:00 tonight. >> thanks, lee. rob is up next with sports. >> big day, big day for the giants. we are going to talk about the moves made today in the nfl, the coaching moves that never seem to slow down, black monday 10 days ago. the giants ready to move onto their next coach. see where big blue stands right now but candidates for the eagles job take one step forward. meet the moore's! we're the moore family, and we're always looking for ways to enjoy more. so we called time warner cable and got even more than we expected. call now to get more. more speed. like, 300 meg. more tv shows and movies on demand. more places to make more unlimited calls. call now. for $89.99 a month, you'll get 100 meg ultra fast internet, hd channels included, and unlimited calling to international destinations.
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invited me to sports earlier today. >> and i'm here. giants searched high and low, found their next head coach
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ben mcadoo is the new coach. coughlin walked away from the meadowlands last week. the giants interviewed a lot of candidates but talks with mcadoo heated up last night. they like his energy, enthusiasm, desire, like some wins as well. in a statement mcadoo says i have been preparing for this moment my entire professional life and without the guidance and support of many people, i would not be here right now. one of those people, packer coach mike mccarthy. mcadoo on his staff in green bay. >> can't tell you how proud i am with him and just the job he's done over the years and he's definitely ready and deserving. news conference tomorrow, so what about former coach tom coughlin? he interviewed with the eagles twice and giant fans either, a, wanted what was best for coughlin or, b, said no way could he go to the eagles. today we get c, all of the above. coughlin this afternoon telling the eagles to take him off their list. he's no longer a candidate to be their head coach. coughlin apparently had concerns about taking that job and when push came to shove,
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talks continue today but coach decides he's not the right fit for the eagles. they most likely now go to doug peterson. coughlin interviewed in san francisco as well but he's not going to the niners either because the niners have hired former eagle coach chip kelly, he was in philly three years fired before the season ended. niners hoping to now do duplicate that success with them. while other teams deal with coaching vacancies, playoff games the jets are in a third group of teams getting ready for next season. gm mike maccagnan held his state of the team address today, say he's happy with the progress the jets made this year. he's trying to figure out how to keep as many free agents as he can including brian fitzpatrick. >> you know, ryan had a great season, we would like very much for ryan to be back and express that interest too and then we will see how that plays itself out there. on ice tonight in brooklyn, heck of a match-up between the rangers and the islanders, they are dead even, 51 points each
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than just the rivalry. shootout. both teams have been playing better as of late most of the time it's a fun game to watch here, the rivalry always means something. tonight the game does too. >> started getting close to february, i think the intensity goes up, importance of every game and every point is more clear. >> last night the nets earned local nba bragging rights with the win over the knicks. it was derek williams who stole the individual honors. he put on a dunkathon at the barclay center that would make michael jordan proud. career high 31 points out of 11-17. he has to be a strong candidate now for a spot in the league's slam dunk competition. so say we. nfl teams get ready for the games this weekend, remember blair walsh, the viking kicker, missed a potential game winning field goal against the seahawks.
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he felt awful. first graders wrote walsh letters telling him everybody makes mistakes, keep your head up. you will make the next one. today walsh visited the first graders, went to their school in blaine, minnesota to say hi. he said they made a difference in his life, it's the least he could do was for me to show up at school today. >> that's awesome. >> everyone makes mistakes. keep your head up. >> little girl said i once failed on a cart wheel. >> there you go. >> thank you, rob. so you ask what we are working on for eyewitness news at 11:00? we have the answer in the form of sade baderinwa. >> yes, we do. tonight on eyewitness news, mayor de blasio wanted them banned, tonight we are getting word of a potential deal to dramatically change where horse carriages are allowed in new york. plus a pricey theft at neil patrick harris' home in harlem and the person who cracked the case, someone you would least expect. we are going to have those stories and more tonight on eyewitness news at 11:00. >> thank you very much. that's it for us for now. thanks for watching. i'm bill ritter. >> and i'm liz cho. world news tonight with david muir is coming up next. eyewitness news returns tonight
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